LINCOLN — Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini called on a mystery guest to unveil the Huskers’ alternate uniforms for the Sept. 27 homecoming game against Illinois.
Pelini pulled on the all-red Adidas uniform, topped it with the red-matte, black-accent helmet and walked into the Huskers’ meeting room.
In a video posted on various websites, Pelini gave high fives, mussed with wide receiver Kenny Bell Jr's hair, then took off the helmet to reveal himself to laughter and applause. The video quickly made the rounds on social media Friday morning.
Nebraska players told reporters later in the morning that they weren’t initially sure who was in the uniform. Was it former quarterback Ron Kellogg? Former defensive end Tobi Okuyemi? A different coach?
“Coach Bo was awesome when he came in with the uniform,” defensive end Greg McMullen said.“But we were kind of thrown off — because we were like, wait a minute? Then he started walking. And I know Coach Bo’s walk. So I’m like, ‘that’s Coach Bo.’”
To deepen the disguise, Pelini put on the cold-weather suit underneath. In other words, he was roasting.
“He was in it for, I could say, probably 30 seconds, because he said it was too hot,” quarterback Tommy Armstrong said. “Now he knows how it feels to be in a jersey and go out there.”
Said nickel Charles Jackson: “He was sweating!”
Nebraska and Adidas unveiled the new “Red Rising” Techfit football uniforms Friday morning.
It’s fourth time in the Pelini era that the Huskers will wear alternates. NU wore throwback uniforms for the 300th consecutive Memorial Stadium sellout in 2009, an all-red ensemble with a black helmet for the 2012 Wisconsin game and a black jersey with stenciled numbers for the 2013 UCLA game. Nebraska stationed a replica of the alternate jersey on the field during fan day for fans to see and photograph.
Celebrating the 125th year of Nebraska football, the new all-red uniform features black metallic stripes on the jersey and pants, ultra-light black numbers with silver metallic lining, and a large Nebraska “N” on the chest of the Techfit compression shirt.
Nebraska’s new uniform also incorporates Techfit Shockweb technology, which is lighter and fits tighter to the body.
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